Who we are, Our Mission, Community & History
Santos Organics: Who We Are
Santos Organics is a local community owned enterprise with over 90 unitholders who share an interest in providing best quality organic, natural and GM-Free food with excellent, friendly customer service as well.
The 3 Santos Organics Shops have a real community store feel where the staff and customers relate as real people and the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed.
The Santos Organics Mission:
To serve the community with honesty and integrity by:
-Providing the highest quality organic food and sustainable products and services
-Fostering ethical and healthy choices
To provide a place to shop, connect and share:
-Promoting awareness and conscious living
-Investing in and encouraging actions that benefit our community and environment
We are committed to being a world leader in ethical and sustainable business practice
We have been providing our community with the highest quality organic and ethically sourced fresh produce and bulk foods for over 30 years.
From humble beginnings, starting off selling bulk foods in the back of a panel van, Santos has organically grown into being a landmark in the Byron Shire, with shops in Byron Bay and Mullumbimby.
We are proud to be a part of such a vibrant and thriving community where our customers, staff, unit holders and management are passionate about their food being organic, local and ethical/ sustainably sourced.
Historically, focus has been placed on creating access to bulk foods locally. This focus has grown, in light of working towards an environmentally and ethically sustainable world, to ensure that all produce is organic and fair trade.
Moving into the future, Santos aims to continue to offer the best quality organic food and sustainable products and be a world leader in sustainable best business practices that make a honest and genuine contribution to the planet and larger community as a whole through supporting the localization of food and sustainable living and agriculture.
The name Santos comes from the vedic word, Santosh, meaning Life-force. In Spanish the name Santos also means ‘Saint’. As this was hard to pronounce for some, the ‘h’ was dropped off, making the name Santos.
Starting with such a noble vision in our original name, we feel that through offering the best organic food for our community that we are contributing to that bigger vision of making a difference in the world through conscious choice and aware actions leading to a sense of contentment, inner happiness and satisfaction in the lifestyle choices each one of us make.
Santosh: Contentment, Satisfaction, Happiness
Our Organic beginnings:
• Early 1970s – Santos began supplying the local community with organic, natural and GMO-free foods.
• 1975 - Santos grew to supply the local community with a range of the best organic, natural and GM-free foods starting with a local delivery service of dry goods.
• 1978 – Our first Santos store opened in Mullumbimby.
• 1983 - Santos officially developed into a community-owned enterprise making it a business owned by a large cross section of individuals.
• 1993 – Our Mullum Warehouse opened, then moved to Byron Bay where the Warehouse remains to this day.
• 1994 - Our Byron Bay shop opened in the heart of town.
Now into the next century, all three of our shops are thriving hubs for community where people meet up, connect and share valuable information about health and conscious sustainable living choices.
We have three thriving juice bar café’s offering fresh organic juice’s, smoothies, raw treats, delicious daily salads, lunches and other seasonal goodies created by local artisans and organic coffee with all tastes catered for – you can have your coffee made with the milk of your choice; almond, rice, oat, cow or soy.
We have recently renovated our Byron Bay shop and have started on our Mullumbimby shop as well as the warehouse which are both due for completion early 2015. The renovations are being made to make your Santos shopping experience more enjoyable and with the expansion - more space, meaning we can provide you, our customers with even more of the best ethical and sustainable organic products.
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